WA's largest regional agricultural show
Over 350 commercial exhibitors; over 1000 sheep, cattle, horses and chooks in competition; working sheep dogs; hourly fashion parades; art, photography and crafts in competition; education options; side shows; free entertainment; lifestyle displays; woolhandling and shearing competitions; markets; current and future rural industry products and services; travel products; smoke free environment; indoor and outdoor displays; 20,000 visitors; massive local community effort; family friendly;
THE PLACE TO BE!
Good attendance at the Annual General Meeting of the Wagin Agricultural Society was, given the cold temperatures, a mark of the commitment of the town’s premier event.
President Tony Baxter, who was re-elected to the position, gave a comprehensive report to the AGM. As well as noting the good attendances in March, he recorded sadness at the recent passing of the Society’s Patron, past president and life member Frank Pederick. “Frank,” he said “brought a great amount of enthusiasm and expertise to the Agricultural Society and he would be fondly remembered as a tireless and dedicated member.”
Entries in the show’s sections reflected changing times. British and Australasian sheep section attracted strong numbers, as did the cattle and young judges. The poultry section continues to grow and some sections remained static. The decline was in the Merino and wool sections, the foundation of Woolorama, hinting these areas need an injection of new enthusiasm.
Financially the event recorded a healthy profit which will help fund the purchase of a parking area. Assistance from the Shire Council in this venture is much appreciated, as it is with the continued good relationship Woolorama enjoys with the Shire in preparation for the show and clean-up afterwards.
There were some changes to the make-up of the Committee due to retirements and new faces welcomed. Tony made an appeal to younger generations to take up leadership of the organisation.
Staff positions saw the appointment of Carolyn Webster as Secretary. Treasurer Liz Pederick, Trade Fair Secretary Helen Shalders and Media Officer Wendy Pederick were re-appointed. In introducing herself, Carolyn said she liked team work, has show experience and is dedicated to community development.
Planning for next year’s show, on 10th and 11th March 2017, has commenced! The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month (but not in August) and there are vacancies should new volunteers like to contribute to this community event.
Not-for-profit, Wagin Woolorama exists to strengthen the community of Wagin. New committee members Kristie Ball and Emma Lemon are amongst the fresh faces to join the team.
GOOD CROWDS ENJOY WOOLORAMA
Over two days in March Wagin's small community swelled to ten times its normal population hosting, in warm weather, a comprehensive showcase of rural living in the Great Southern.
The show exuded an impressive atmosphere of excellence, fun, efficiency, innovation and style.
Almost 20,000 people attended and did the rounds of the 400 trade exhibitors, livestock competitions, sideshows and stimulating displays. The event was officially opened by Hon. Terry Redman, Minister for Regional Development, who spoke of agricultural markets for WA farmers now being consumer, not producer, driven.
The organisers received 3474 entries from 1325 entrants for the 26 competitions. In the smooth-running event, staged largely by volunteers, 1284 animals were entered in competitions - a huge undertaking by the breeders. The event enjoys support from 130 sponsors, and promotes the "Make Smoking History" health message.
Attendances were up on Friday and slightly down for the Saturday, yet a crowd of 4000 stayed for the Saturday night rodeo, which has become a very successful grand finale to the event. 112 entrants thrilled the audience with pace and daring.
Woolorama's President, Tony Baxter, thanked the 100s of volunteers who do their jobs efficiently and well. The Committee returns to the showgrounds early on Sunday for the clean-up, then enjoys a relaxing barbecue lunch together before heading home to pick up their ordinary lives.
There were some excellent features of this year's show. The fashion parade was both entertaining and relevant. Poultry competition entries continue to rise. The photography competition was captivating and the art competition enjoyed increased entries. The ute fraternity showed up in strength. Media gave excellent coverage during and since. Commercial companies reported very pleasing sales.
The Committee is thankful to the many contributors who generously planned, facilitated, collaborated, sweated and enabled the presentation of the 2016 show. The Society's 45th Woolorama, will be held on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 March 2017. Planning has begun....
Pictures: Scenes from Wagin's 2016 Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama
GOOD CROWDS ENJOY WOOLORAMA